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Jordan Peterson’s great books, ordered by page count

Dr Peterson published a list of 13 “Influential books everyone should read” in 2019.

That list then got expanded into a larger list of “Great Books” organised by categories. But, many books in that list are either old, long, difficult or all three.

By ordering them by page count, I hope to make that list a bit more approachable. Enjoy.


  1. The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 88 pages
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 107 pages
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell, 120 pages
  4. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, 128 pages
  5. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 136 pages
  6. 1984 by George Orwell, 190 pages
  7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, 204 pages
  8. Book Club by Dashiell Hammett, 217 pages
  9. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pages
  10. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, 232 pages
  11. The Fratricides by Nikos Kazantzakis, 252 pages
  12. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 256 pages
  13. Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple, 263 pages
  14. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, 272 pages
  15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 288 pages
  16. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, 308 pages
  17. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, 311 pages
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 323 pages
  19. Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 336 pages
  20. Our Culture, What's Left of It by Theodore Dalrymple, 341 pages
  21. A Farewell to Arms (Classic Reprint) by Ernest Hemingway, 364 pages
  22. On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 367 pages
  23. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, 368 pages
  24. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, 379 pages
  25. The House of God by Samuel Shem, 380 pages
  26. Island by Aldous Huxley, 384 pages
  27. The Gay Science by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 396 pages
  28. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, 412 pages
  29. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, 416 pages
  30. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, 416 pages
  31. Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley, 432 pages
  32. The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary, 464 pages
  33. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 464 pages
  34. I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 468 pages
  35. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, 480 pages
  36. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-56 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 498 pages
  37. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 520 pages
  38. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, 560 pages
  39. Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 560 pages
  40. The Will To Power by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 576 pages
  41. The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 576 pages
  42. The First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 580 pages
  43. The Gulag Archipelago Volume 3 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 608 pages
  44. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, 628 pages
  45. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 633 pages
  46. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, 702 pages
  47. The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 704 pages
  48. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 733 pages
  49. The Gulag Archipelago Volume 2 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 752 pages
  50. Tolstoy by Henri, Troyat, 792 pages
  51. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 873 pages
  52. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1013 pages
  53. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1084 pages
  54. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, 1440 pages

Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry

  1. An Outline of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud, 113 pages
  2. Answer to Job by Carl Jung, 144 pages
  3. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, 165 pages
  4. Modern Man in Search of a Soul by Carl Jung, 244 pages
  5. Play, Dreams, and Imitation in Childhood by Jean Piaget, 296 pages
  6. The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker, 314 pages
  7. Aion by Carl Jung, 333 pages
  8. Genius by H. J. Eysenck, 344 pages
  9. Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 7: Two Essays in Analytical Psychology by Carl Jung, 376 pages
  10. A Way of Being by Carl Ransom Rogers, 395 pages
  11. The Moral Judgement of the Child by Jean Piaget, 410 pages
  12. On Becoming a Person by Carl Ransom Rogers, 420 pages
  13. The Great Mother by Erich Neumann, 432 pages
  14. Existence by Rollo May, 445 pages
  15. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung, 451 pages
  16. The interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud, 496 pages
  17. The Origins and History of Consciousness by Erich Neumann, 552 pages
  18. The Symbolic Life by Carl Jung, 904 pages
  19. The Discovery Of The Unconscious by Henri F. Ellenberger, 976 pages


  1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks, 243 pages
  2. Brain Architecture by Larry W. Swanson, 282 pages
  3. An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks, 327 pages
  4. The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception by James Jerome Gibson, 332 pages
  5. The New Executive Brain:Frontal Lobes in a Complex World by Elkhonon Goldberg, 352 pages
  6. The Emotional Brain by Joseph Ledoux, 384 pages
  7. Awakenings by Oliver Sacks, 408 pages
  8. The Neuropsychology of Anxiety by Jeffrey Alan Gray, 424 pages
  9. Affective Neuroscience by Jaak Panksepp, 466 pages

Religion and Religious History

  1. Myth and Reality by Mircea Eliade, 204 pages
  2. The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis, 224 pages
  3. The Forge and the Crucible by Mircea Eliade, 238 pages
  4. The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade, 256 pages
  5. Myths, Dreams, and Mysteries by Mircea Eliade, 256 pages
  6. The Great Code by Northrop Frye, 288 pages
  7. Mephistopheles by Jeffrey Burton Russell, 333 pages
  8. Words with Power by Northrop Frye, 342 pages
  9. History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3 by Mircea Eliade, 372 pages
  10. History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1 by Mircea Eliade, 508 pages
  11. History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2 by Mircea Eliade, 579 pages
  12. The World's Religions, Revised and Updated by Huston Smith, 586 pages
  13. Shamanism by Mircea Eliade, 610 pages
  14. The Bible, Designed to be Read as Living Literature by Ernest Sutherland Bates, 1258 pages

History/Systems Analysis

  1. Systemantics by John Gall, 111 pages
  2. The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto, 275 pages
  3. Little Science, Big Science and Beyond by Derek J. de Solla Price, 301 pages
  4. The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900 by Theodore M. Porter, 333 pages
  5. Stalin by E. S. Radinskij, 624 pages
  6. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer, 1280 pages

The State of the World: A 21st Century Update

  1. How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place by Bjørn Lomborg, 172 pages
  2. Progress by Johan Norberg, 256 pages
  3. Factfulness by Hans Rosling, 352 pages
  4. The Great Escape by Angus Deaton, 360 pages
  5. The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley, 480 pages
  6. Earth in Human Hands by David Grinspoon, 544 pages
  7. Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, 556 pages